I’ve seen most of Sam Peckinpah’s films and those films are some of my favorite pieces of cinema. Peckinpah was known for his use of excessive brutal violence in his work, especially in films like The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs. Those were masterpieces that only Sam could deliver. Sam was a crazy guy, who had many sides to his personality, he was a drunk and a druggie, but he was an artist as well. I actually think Sam’s own self destructive nature fueled his creativity. He lived on the edge, not many people could hang with him. He was like the Jim Morrison of film.
Many of his films deal with man’s true nature, the animal side. How men in particular deal with jealousy as well as honor and loyalty is a big element of his stories. If you watch his films you’ll see what I mean.
Sam was one of those directors that really burned bright for a little while then burnt out. The work he did in the 60s and 70s is spectacular. He was a true visionary of cinema, he inspired so many directors too. From John Woo to our own Quentin Tarantino.
Some of my favorite Sam Peckinpah films: Ride The High Country, Major Dundee, The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, The Getaway, Junior Bonner, Convoy, Cross of Iron, Bring me The Head of Alfredo Garcia. If you havent seen his films, get them and see cinema at its best.